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Ministry Focuses On Lifting Pass Rates

The Ministry of Education will be focusing on students’ academic performance in schools this year. Education Minister Mahendra Reddy said this was a concern to the ministry after they recorded
19 Jan 2015 11:45
Ministry Focuses On Lifting Pass Rates
Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Mahendra Reddy.

The Ministry of Education will be focusing on students’ academic performance in schools this year.

Education Minister Mahendra Reddy said this was a concern to the ministry after they recorded a drop in the external exams pass rates compared to previous years.

“Our area of focus is to raise the student’s performances in primary and secondary schools. For that we are relooking at encouraging teachers to spend more time in class preparation and providing and giving more attention to students,” Mr Reddy said.

“The ministry is concerned with the decrease in the pass rates. In fact that was my concern when I saw the actual raw marks in students’ performance and the exam results also clearly demonstrates that this is a serious issue and we will attend to it this year.”

In 2013 the Year 12 pass rate was 75 per cent however this year the ministry became concerned after it only recorded 66 per cent.

Mr Reddy has reminded teachers that the ministry wanted absolute commitment from them in teaching and classroom preparation in a bid to improve this.

NEW METHODOLOGY

Mr Reddy revealed the ministry would be adopting a three-tier methodology to assess teacher performances in classrooms this year.

He said this plan was to ensure that the pass rate could be improved.

“One is currently in use by the HOD’s and the deputy principals to assess the performance of the teachers; second is we will take into account the pass rate because every class will have exams and the third is we are want to intervene with the student’s assessment of the teachers to identify where the gaps are; not only in delivery but also in content knowledge,” he said.

“There is extensive literature that demonstrates that one of the critical factors affecting students’ performance is content knowledge so that is one thing we want to address.”

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